Now that we have officially ushered in the New Year, our hearts and minds are surrounded by an atmosphere of change. Many of us have made New Year’s resolutions. Others have committed to simplifying their life or getting their financial houses in order. What prompts you to change? How do you respond to change whether it is evolutionary or revolutionary?
How you approach change can impact your success. Do you view change as an opportunity to prosper, grow, and learn? Or do you think of change as a dreaded necessity of life? I challenge you this season to have a new perspective on change. Approach this season as an opportunity to let go of things, activities and people who no longer serve you or your purpose in life. Gently and lovingly say goodbye to those things that hinder you from reaching your goal. People may come into your life for only a season and serve a unique purpose. Other people may travel along your journey for a lifetime. By letting go, you open up your heart to receive other opportunities and people who are necessary for your success now.
What relationships do you need to leave behind? What will you say “no” to so that you can say “yes” to those things that will serve you well in 2013?
The Journey Ahead: What Will You Do Differently in 2013?
A brand New Year is a great time to reflect and initiate change in your life. Changing the way you do things can bring opportunities for great success; however, the way you react to change could sabotage the benefits of change. Reacting to change with fear and irrational decisions can be detrimental to your success. It can be tempting to give into your anxieties by doing what you have always done.
The start of a New Year can be just the right time set the foundation for a stellar year. Preparing to have a better year always involve some adjustments to your resources whether it is time, money or energy. What are the changes that you need to make in 2013? What will you say “no” to so that you can say, “yes” to the things that matter most in your life? Below are a few probing questions to help you prepare for the change you need in 2013.
How do you decide what changes are the most important ones to make?
Ask yourself these questions:
1. What attitudes, behavior or activities are you tolerating in your life? How have they hindered your progress on your goals? Things that you tolerate are a good indication of issues in need of resolution.
2. Did you achieve the goals you outlined last year? Why or why not? How will the obstacles that you faced be addressed in 2013? Setting new goals without having evaluated the previous year’s goals can result in a cycle of substandard results.
3. What financial goals (making more money, collaborating, creating new products/services, improved marketing strategy, etc.) will you make in 2013 given the current economy and your future plans?
What do you need to change to have a better year?
- Choose passion over profit. Connect to your bigger purpose in life and the fruits of your labor will flow effortlessly. Passionate people attract success. Leverage your unique character strengths to achieve your goals.
- Higher learning. Technology changes fast. Staying on top of what’s working now is only half the battle. Discovering what’s new and leveraging that knowledge can be the key to an exceptional year.
- Celebrate success. Acknowledging and celebrating success keeps everyone motivated. Mark those mini-milestones with rewards and recognition!
- Add, don’t subtract. When repeat clients stop buying your products or services, something needs to change. Instead of cutting prices, add value instead–bundle existing services/products, add bonuses or create new offerings.
- What are your blind spots? Every driver has blind spots. That’s what rear-view mirrors are for. Blind spots in the work and business environment can be harder to identify. How does a person avert disaster in a work environment without the benefit of mirrors? Who in your circle can provide feedback on your blind spots?
- Ask around. Getting honest feedback from managers, customers and peers can be as uncomfortable as it is invaluable. Do it anyway.
- Seek professional help. Getting an objective outsiders opinion can help you see what is going well or not.
- Coffee time. Chat up a colleague and encourage them to share their observations about what you are doing well and what needs improvement. Sometimes what needs to change is missed because it is so “obvious.”
Moving into the New Year doesn’t have to be a scary proposition. Having a clear sense of what’s ahead can create a successful year.
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